Outdoors

Enjoy a Pest Free Summer with a Screened Porch

Enjoy a Pest Free Summer with a Screened Porch

MINI Track recently contacted us regarding their do-it-yourself porch screen solutions. We love spending time outdoors in the summer but sometimes the little buggies can get too much and its nice to enjoy lunch/dinner in a screened porch area without worrying about flies and other pests. Here’s a testimonial from […]

Sustainable Dog Houses for Your Green Pet

Sustainable Dog Houses for Your Green Pet

If you’re gonna go green when designing your home, you might as well do it for your pets too. Sustainable Pet creates unique pet homes that have vegetated roofs. These eco-roofs provide insulation, filter run off water and look beautiful. Each pet home they build is custom for your pet’s […]

Shed Storage With Shelves and Stuff

Shed Storage With Shelves and Stuff

We keep all sorts of different things in our backyard sheds, from dangerous chemicals like gasoline and weed killer to sharp implements like pitch forks and harmless toys like basketballs. Any garage overflow and all of the yard necessities get stuffed into the shed. Wouldn’t it be nice to have […]

Go Bananas for a Raspberry Trellis

Go Bananas for a Raspberry Trellis

They are exceptionally easy to grow and even easier to eat. Raspberries are a favorite garden plant for many homeowners, both suburban and rural. Even city slickers can get into the act with raspberries grown in community gardens. Although there are plenty of different varieties, the main habit it similar […]

3 Simple Steps to Patio Appeal

3 Simple Steps to Patio Appeal

I asked my dear friend Bryan Tomczuk, owner of Bryant Landscape Design in New York City, how the heck he can make tiny Manhattan balconies look like such lush outdoor spaces. Not all of us can afford a penthouse garden, but I still wanted to know what those homeowners request […]

Building a Swing Set for Backyard Play

Building a Swing Set for Backyard Play

There’s just something about it – your hair whipping with the wind and your feet reaching for the clouds. Almost every kid loves to rise a swing, wild and free, and there is no better place for them to do that then their own backyard. Sure, you can pick up […]

Flower Beds: Out with the Old, In with the New

Flower Beds: Out with the Old, In with the New

Our friends Tom and Tera recently moved from Hoboken, NJ to Raleigh, NC. They’re enjoying new home ownership and have been tackling do-it-yourself projects every weekend. They recently shared a flower bed makeover with us. The plan was to overhaul the existing bed in the front of the house (4′x13′) […]

Tune Up Your Outdoor Furniture

Tune Up Your Outdoor Furniture

Time to dust off your patio set and revel in spring weather. Here’s a few tips from the Washington Post to get iron, teak and plastic in shape. Wrought iron: If you see rust damage, scrub off as much as possible, ideally down to bare metal, with a wire brush. […]

Benefits of Deck Designs with Multi-Levels

Benefits of Deck Designs with Multi-Levels

Wood and composite decks have a distinct advantage over stone patios. With a wooden frame, it’s a simple thing to install more than one level, creating an attractive and usable space. Stone or paved patios can be done this way, but it requires retaining walls and possibly extensive excavation. With […]

Build Your Own Backyard Putting Green

Build Your Own Backyard Putting Green

The Masters begins play this week and besides all of the Tiger talk, it’s nice to think of the golf season starting again. If we had a bit more room and I valued my short game more, setting up a putting green in the back yard would be a fun […]

Spend or Save on Home Upgrades

Spend or Save on Home Upgrades

Our favorite This Old House host Kevin O’Connor joins three other home design experts as they share their Spend or Splurge tips when it comes to outdoor furniture, flooring, appliances and outdoor grills.

4 Secrets to Roll Up Awnings

4 Secrets to Roll Up Awnings

If you’re looking for shade in the yard, there are a few options to consider. Roofing structures, patio umbrellas and pergolas are all possibilities. But roll up awnings will provide extensive coverage when you need it and can be tucked out of sight when you don’t. Is an awning the […]

Choosing the Perfect Railing for your Deck Design

Choosing the Perfect Railing for your Deck Design

Not just for safety, deck railings can change the entire look of your yard. They can provide privacy or lend a contemporary feel. Railings can also direct traffic and compliment furniture and decor. You have a vast selection to choose from when it comes to railing styles and colors. Mix […]

Deck Designs that Make a Home for Your BBQ

Deck Designs that Make a Home for Your BBQ

People love to party on the patio. Whether it’s the whole gang or just your family, enjoying food under the warm sun is a popular pastime. And the BBQ is at center stage. So why not consider deck designs that give your BBQ pride of place? There are plenty of […]

Fix A Screen Window Tear

Fix A Screen Window Tear

In all my excitement that a) our President was actually in my part of the country and b) that the weather is finally warm again, I accidentally tore a tiny hole in my screen window by rushing to open it this afternoon. Whoops. I found out exactly how to fix […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 4: When Brick Goes Wrong

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 4: When Brick Goes Wrong

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

Our Hot Tub Time Machines

Our Hot Tub Time Machines

In the vein of great time travel comedies such as Back to the Future and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the curiously named Hot Tub Time Machine opens Friday. For some reason we want to see this film on opening night. Maybe it’s the time machine concept that is so […]

An Unlikely Glass Garden Shed

An Unlikely Glass Garden Shed

I am so glad that Treehugger spotted this garden shed in World Architecture News, called The Wendy House. I read about so many new green designs and eco-homes that it takes a lot for something to take my breath away. But Amir Sanei’s renders me speechless. Situated in his own […]